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Environmentalists Cite Unusual Ruling To Speed EPA Air Toxics Rule

Environmentalists are citing a recent federal appeals court's unusually detailed ruling that defines when an agency's timetable for action is unreasonable to urge the court to make EPA promptly set new air toxics standards required by a 2000 court order for cement kilns.

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EPA Approves State Ozone Plan Despite Paint Industry's Data Challenge

EPA regional officials have effectively rejected a novel industry data quality challenge to Pennsylvania's ozone reduction plan despite the intervention of a key senator and EPA's air chief -- and are poised to approve similarly disputed programs in Maryland and New York, according to state sources, environmentalists and EPA officials.

State sources say the decision could protect the information supporting state regulations that are subject to EPA approval from further challenges under under the Information Quality Act, which they consider a threat to states' rights.

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APPEALS COURT DECISION COULD DEVASTATE CLEAN AIR ACT CITIZEN SUITS

A recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit is likely to be devastating for future citizen suits under the Clean Air Act, according to attorneys familiar with the case.

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EPA COST-EFFECTIVENESS STUDY ON PM LIMITS FINDS SUBSTANTIAL BENEFITS

A major new EPA study of the benefits of particulate matter (PM) controls suggests that costly air quality regulations -- like the Clean Air Interstate Rule and diesel rules -- have almost three times as many benefits as necessary to be considered cost-effective.

The finding could give agency officials leeway to argue for strict regulatory requirements because they can justify the high costs the regulations may impose on regulated entities.

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ACTIVISTS REJECT EPA SUGGESTION TO LIMIT SCOPE OF LAWSUIT ON LEAD RULES

Environmentalists have rebuffed a suggestion by EPA to limit the geographic scope of a lawsuit seeking comprehensive review of national lead emissions standards to Missouri and several other states with metals smelters. Environmentalists say EPA needs to evaluate and strengthen safety standards for the toxic metal beyond those states directly affected by the smelters.

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GROUPS CITE 'UNREASONABLE DELAY' RULING TO SPEED EPA AIR TOXICS RULES

Environmentalists are citing a recent federal appeals court's unusually detailed ruling that defines when an agency's timetable for action is unreasonable to urge the court to make EPA promptly set new air toxics standards required by a 2000 court order for cement kilns.

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COAL INDUSTRY DOCUMENT REVEALS PLANS TO FIGHT AIR QUALITY INITIATIVES

An industry group that represents coal producers and suppliers has been carrying out an ambitious strategy for defeating or scaling back a host of ongoing congressional and state initiatives to limit greenhouse gases, mercury and other air pollutants, according to a recent internal letter obtained by Inside EPA.

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EPA APPROVES STATE OZONE PLAN DESPITE PAINT INDUSTRY DATA CHALLENGE

EPA regional officials have effectively rejected a novel industry data quality challenge to Pennsylvania's ozone reduction plan despite the intervention of a key senator and EPA's air chief -- and are poised to approve similarly disputed programs in Maryland and New York, state sources, environmentalists and EPA officials say.

State sources say the decision could protect the information supporting state regulations that are subject to EPA approval from further challenges under under the Information Quality Act, which they consider a threat to states' rights.

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EPA MAY EXCLUDE HEALTH BENEFITS OF MERCURY RULE FROM NEW STUDY

EPA's cost-benefit review of its rule regulating utilities' mercury emissions will likely exclude possible cardiovascular benefits and benefits derived from limiting exposure to mercury in tuna and other marine fish because the agency lacks adequate scientific information to accurately measure those benefits, agency and other sources say.

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INDUSTRY DOCUMENT REVEALS STRATEGY TO OPPOSE CLEAN AIR INITIATIVES

An industry group that represents coal producers and suppliers has been carrying out an ambitious strategy for defeating or scaling back a host of ongoing congressional and state initiatives to limit greenhouse gases, mercury and other air pollutants, according to a recent internal letter.

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